Google ditches Windows on security concerns

[note: maybe this should be in tech-news, chit-chat or looking-for (a
laugh!), but i put it here so if there are strong opinions, they may
be voiced…Mods, do your stuff!]

"Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous
Windows operating system because of security concerns … The
directive to move to other operating systems began … after Google’s
Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of
Windows at Google … ‘We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a
security effort,’ said one Google employee … New hires are now given
the option of using Apple’s Mac computers or PCs running the Linux
operating system. ‘Linux is open source and we feel good about it,’
said one employee. ‘Microsoft we don’t feel so good about’ …
Employees wanting to stay on Windows required clearance from ‘quite
senior levels’, one employee said. ‘Getting a new Windows machine now
requires CIO approval,’ said another employee … "

cite: Google ditches Windows on security concerns


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Great to hear. I hope this stimulates other companies to wonder about changing.

Since Google does so much of their own stuff, I would suspect that somebody got a computer with Windows on it, and never opened or updated Internet Explorer (probably used Chrome instead). I heard that the Chinese hack was through IE 6 which I suspect somebody installed Windows XP, and never updated IE.

Just because they don’t use it doesn’t mean it cannot be exploited. Because it cannot really be removed just makes it a sitting duck for security reasons, and so you have to update IE to keep your SYSTEM secure.

I was surprised to hear that Google allowed their employees to use Internet Explorer in the first place.

I kinda doubt they use it, but it is still installed on the system whether they like it or not and an exploit that utilizes a flaw in IE could still run even without IE being used I suppose (that’s my guess).

If this happens for security reasons to the big W. now, the big G. will find reasons to shut out the big A. too, and restrict linux usage to their own custom versions (PCdroid ?).

Strictly speaking Google hasn’t ditched Windows; if you can persuade the CIO that you need it for your work, you can still have it.

I still keep a version of Windows patched and up-to-date for the occasional time when I need to use it - like extracting data from a useless Windows accounting program someone was recommended.

I have to prep my Windows box an hour or so beforehand to allow all of the updates, definitions and etc. to download and install. I also have had to re-authenticate my system a few times too (I love being told my Windows 7 is not genuine, that it is stolen like I am a criminal!)

LOL, I did it the other day on my netbook, it took a couple of hours
and multiple reboots.


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